KEEPING THE SPRING IN SPRING BREAK

It's spring break for us this week, which is kind of ridiculous because the only person in our family that's in school is in preschool. Also, we woke up to snow yesterday with more in the forecast for the week.
Even so!

I desperately love spring, even if it does only last a fleeting two weeks. I'm determined to make this week as springlike as I can, even with the snow. Here's what I have to offer by way of ideas and tips for keeping those spring feelings alive when it's freezing (even snowing) out.

FLOWERS
Grab a bouquet when you're getting groceries. A vase full of spring blooms will do wonders. Here is a great tutorial on styling grocery store flowers.

SCRUB DOWN

I'm not suggesting you enter full-on spring cleaning mode, but a quick wipe down of your walls, baseboards, and windows will make your space feel light and airy, which is vital if you're stuck indoors. For days. With kids.

FRESH AIR

If you can't go outside to get it, the next best thing is to open your windows. A good cross breeze blowing through might bring in a hint of spring air. It might also bring in pollen or sleet so, you know, use discretion.

LIGHTEN UP AT MEALTIMES

Opt for lighter food, more fresh fruits and veggies. I mean, by the end of the day I'm looking to sit by the fire and eat a big bowl of mac and cheese, but it just might work for you.

LOOK THE PART

It might be fifty degrees outside, but if you're stuck indoors, why not wear your shorts and spring dresses? And okay, wool socks, but no one is going to see you. If nothing else, at least use this time to order all your spring wardrobe necessities so you're fully prepared when warm weather finally does stick around. Those sandals aren't going to buy themselves. Get on it.

JUST GO

Warm weather will eventually be here, we know this, right? No matter how many false starts it takes, the days will be warm and bright. It isn't now, though, and that's kind of what counts. If clean walls and fresh flowers aren't cutting it, buy the plane ticket. Just go. Soak up some sun for the rest of us, please.

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